How I spent my time in New York

“Foretell” by Michele Harvey Dear Friends, I wanted to send you a quick hello and share some exciting news. I just returned from three wonderful weeks in NYC. Besides seeing Hamilton (yes it is as good as everyone says), I heard some fabulous music, saw some great art and met some wonderful new artists whose… Read more »

Video: Fall 2016 Group Show

A virtual tour of the Fall 2016 group installation at Rice Polak Gallery…the best of our contemporary artists exhibiting together in our gallery in Provincetown. Email us if anything catches your eye! The artists that appear in this video are: Luciana Abait Bruce Ackerson Olga Antonova Peter Arvidson Stanley Bielen Blair Bradshaw Larry Calkins William… Read more »

Do I Repeat Myself?

“Do I contradict myself? So I contradict myself! I am large, I contain multitudes!” -Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass As a young artist in my twenties I came to despair of ever doing anything original (before I understood that nothing is original) because Pablo Picasso had already sucked all the air out of that room…. Read more »

Thems is Us

There is not an animal on earth, or in our unearthly imaginations, that has not been endowed with human meaning beyond its perfect “is-ness.” The reasons for this would fill a dissertation (or a courtroom) let alone a humble notebook entry. Nevertheless, as an artist whose imagery leans heavily on their powers I need to… Read more »

Video: Salon #1 – July 7-27, 2016 Group Show

A virtual tour of Salon #1 – July 7-27 Group Show featuring: Stanley Bielen, Lisbeth Firmin, Nick Patten, Patrick Webb & Robin Winfield. Email us if anything catches your eye!

Seduction and The Senses

The new, virtual “pencil” at the Apple Store called to her like a siren on a rock. It was a futuristic novelty – lean, elegant, white, weighted. With neither lead point nor eraser it also felt oddly mute, as if a real pencil were hermetically sealed inside. The lean, elegant, white, genius from the Genius… Read more »


“For me she’s the weeping woman. For years I’ve painted her in tortured forms, not through sadism, and not with pleasure, either; just obeying a vision that forced itself on me. It was the deep reality, not the superficial one… Dora, for me, was always a weeping woman….And it’s important, because women are suffering machines.”… Read more »

The Artist’s Dilemma

That dead coyote lay on the edge of the road. I’d pass it driving the girls to school, wondering why no DPW crew had removed it. Drivers whizzed by the luminous thing as if it were a figment of my imagination. It was spring and things were waking up. Finally I could no longer resist… Read more »

Interview with an art dealer

As an artist who exhibits in a gallery, I’ve wondered what it’s like to be the art dealer. So I persuaded Marla Rice to answer a few questions: What does she look for in work she’s considering for the gallery? “Above all it’s the quality of the work. I’m interested in diversity more than subject… Read more »